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Alumni Association honors memory of coach Bruce Snyder


August 21, 2009

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will present a tribute to former football coach Bruce Snyder during its Homecoming Legends Luncheon, slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, at The Buttes, a Marriott Resort in Tempe. 

Snyder, who died April 13, led the Sun Devil football team from 1992 to 2000 and led the Sun Devils to four appearances in bowl games. The highlight of his ASU career came in 1996 as he guided the Sun Devils to an unblemished regular season record, including a stunning 19-0 home upset of two-time defending national champion Nebraska. Following that season, the Sun Devils played in their second Rose Bowl, falling to Ohio State (20-17) on a last-minute touchdown.

During his career at ASU, Snyder was voted as the 1996 National Coach of the Year and won 13 major coaching awards, including the Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant Award.

Speakers at the luncheon will include former ASU offensive tackle, Juan Roque (1997-1999), and former receiver Keith Poole (1997-2001), who both played under Snyder before launching successful professional careers in the NFL. Other ASU players of the Snyder era will be in attendance to reminisce with guests during this special tribute.

The luncheon also will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Sun Devil football team, who finished the season 8-2 and won the Western Athletic Conference title.

Tickets for the luncheon are $40 for Alumni Association members and $45 for non-members. To register, visit http://www.asu.edu/alumni/legends.html.